Real Problem Solvers Social Entrepreneurs in America

ISBN-10: 0804774412
ISBN-13: 9780804774413
Edition: 2012
Authors: Ruth Shapiro
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Description: Today, "social entrepreneurship" describes a host of new initiatives, and often refers to approaches that are breaking from traditional philanthropic and charitable organizational behavior. Nowhere is this more true than in the United States—where,  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Today, "social entrepreneurship" describes a host of new initiatives, and often refers to approaches that are breaking from traditional philanthropic and charitable organizational behavior. Nowhere is this more true than in the United States—where, from 1995–2005, the number of non-profit organizations registered with the IRS grew by 53%. But, what types of change have these social entrepreneurial efforts brought to the world of civil society and philanthropy? What works in today's environment? And, what barriers are these new efforts breaking down as they endeavor to make the world a better place?The Real Problem Solversbrings together leading entrepreneurs, funders, investors, thinkers, and champions in the field to answer these questions from their own, first-person perspectives. The core chapters in the book closely mirror talks that the authors gave at the Commonwealth Club of California. These sections are anchored by an introduction, a conclusion, and question-and-answers sections that weave together the voices of various contributors. In no other book are so many leaders presented side-by-side. Therefore, this is the ideal accessible and personal introduction for students of and newcomers to social entrepreneurship.

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Introduction
The Entrepreneurs: Message from the Front Lines
Investing in Microfinance
Dollars, Sense, and Dignity
The Power of an Economic Niche
Building on Faith
The Entrepreneurs: A Conversation
The Funders and Investors: Why we are Different from Traditional Philanthropists
The Power of Social Entrepreneurs
A Hybrid Approach to Supporting Social Entrepreneurs
Harnessing Entrepreneurial Energy
The Strength of Business in Sustainable Change
Funders and Investors: A Conversation
The Thinkers: Profoundly New Ideas Create New Paradigms for Change
A Community Committed to Social Entrepreneurship
Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation: What's New, and Why Is It Important?
The Blended Value Imperative
The Thinkers: A Conversation
The Champions: Elevating the Discourse to Global Dimensions
Collaborative Entrepreneurship: The Way to the "Everyone a Change-Maker" Society
Building Social Business
The Champions: A Conversation
The New Thinking about Social Entrepreneurship
Bibliography and Suggested Resources
Index

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